Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IN­TER­NET re­tail gi­ant eBay is threat­en­ing to ban Aus­tralians from buy­ing from over­seas sell­ers be­cause of the Gov­ern­ment’s plan to slap the GST on for­eign on­line pur­chases. eBay and fel­low seller Ama­zon are warn­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s plan is open to rort­ing, will see cus­tomers hit with higher prices and put at greater risk of be­ing fleeced and could trig­ger a tit-for-tat trade war with other coun­tries. The Gov­ern­ment wants to re­move the GST ex­emp­tion for im­ported “low value” goods worth less than $1000 from July 1 in a bid to “level the play­ing field” with bricks and mor­tar stores and on­line Aus­tralian re­tail­ers.

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